Filling the Gaps: Choosing Bridges, Dentures, or Implants

Dentist Serving Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie and Nearby Areas of Alberta

Missing teeth detract from more than just your smile. They can cause speech problems, difficulty chewing, and even lead to jawbone deterioration. Fortunately, at Aesthetic Dental Studio in Calgary, we provide several solutions for your missing teeth.

The most common options for replacing missing teeth are dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants. But, it's important to understand the pros and cons of each treatment to make an informed decision.

Comparing the Options

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges use artificial teeth attached to crowns on healthy teeth. Dental bridges are suitable for patients missing one to a few missing teeth and enjoying good oral health. They improve your smile while restoring proper chewing and clearer speech.

Receiving a dental bridge requires healthy teeth next to gaps to support the bridge properly. Complications such as gum disease or tooth decay may prevent the use of a dental bridge.


Dentures come in various types, including complete sets that replace all teeth and partial dentures that substitute for several missing teeth. Dentures offer greater affordability compared to other options and are easy to remove and clean. 

However, dentures do present a few drawbacks. They can slip and, in some cases, cause some discomfort when speaking or eating. Dentures can also impact the facial structure, impacting speech due to slight changes in jawbone support.


Implants use screws surgically inserted into the jawbone to anchor artificial teeth. Implants are highly durable and closely resemble natural teeth in function and feel. They also offer the closest resemblance to natural teeth from an aesthetic view.

How To Decide Between Dental Bridges, Dentures, and Dental Implants

Beyond the advantages and potential drawbacks we've already covered, there are a few other considerations when deciding between these three options.

  • Budget.
  • The number of missing teeth.
  • Desired functionality and aesthetics.
  • Overall patient health.
  • Jawbone conditions.

Let Us Help

Choosing between your options to replace missing teeth is a very personal decision. Patients should consult a qualified dental professional for expert advice and decision-making support.

Here at Aesthetic Dental Studio, Dr. Chee and his team are ready to help you decide on the best treatment option for your situation and goals. Start your journey to a new smile today by contacting our office today at 403-543-4600 or completing our form online.

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